Evacuations lifted in Lyons as crews fight Santiam Park Fire

All evacuation notices were lifted Thursday as crews made progress in containing the Santiam Park Fire.

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 5:00 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2019 6:23 PM

LYONS, Ore. -- All evacuation notices were lifted Thursday as crews made progress in containing the Santiam Park Fire in Lyons.

Oregon Department of Forestry officials said the fire, which grew to 189 acres, is 80 percent lined. The fire was reported Tuesday afternoon near the North Santiam State Recreational Area off Highway 22.

Officials said the increase to 189 acres from the originally projected 60 acres is due to improved mapping of the fire in steep and rugged terrain.

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"Some folks seem surprised to see this fire on the landscape in March," Incident Commander Blake Ellis said. "But as firefighters, we are trained to consider the conditions, not the calendar. The dedication of the local fire departments and crews combined with the involvement and support of the local community continues to impress me."

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Officials said weather conditions were improved Thursday, helping crews fight the fire "aggressively and safely." Crews continue to mop up the fire, locating hot spots and falling snags. 

As of 5 p.m. no structures had been lost to the fire and no injuries had been reported.

About 85 people are currently fighting the fire, including crews from ODF and the Lyons, Mill City and Sublimity fire departments, as well as other local agencies. 

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